Orange Football Recruiting Round Up

Nick Provo, Jeff Benz, Corey Eason, Devon Ramsey, Derek Drummond, Fitgerald Bobo and Brandon Clear are all featured in this recruiting round up. Syracuse hopes to bring in several of these players as well as standouts such as Kevin Brown and Christopher Golding as they open their camp this coming weekend.

Nick Provo Set to Camp at Syracuse

Nick Provo is up to four scholarship offers and plans on picking up a few more in the coming weeks.

"I have offers from FIU, Bowling Green, Minnesota, and Western Michigan," Provo said. "I think Rutgers is about to offer as well." (Note – a previous report stated that Syracuse wanted to view tape before deciding whether to tender an offer)

Provo, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, recently attended a one-day camp at the University of Miami.

"It was alright," he said. "It was kinda short because of the weather that day. I thought I did good but they said they're good on tight ends. They've already offered two other guys and they're waiting to see what they do. They're both from out of state."

The Lake Worth (Fla.) John I. Leonard standout is headed North this weekend.

"I'm going to Syracuse for their camp this weekend," he said. "I'm hoping they offer if I have a good performance. I might also just stop by Rutgers since it's right there." - Mike Bakas,

Benz Camps at OSU; Awaits Syracuse Offer

Jeff Benz, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback from Cicero-North Syracuse High in Cicero N.Y., is receiving some steady recruiting interest.

Benz can get it done through the air or on the ground, and he contends that his versatility is his biggest asset.

"I would consider myself as a mobile quarterback," Benz informed. "I do not have to sit back in the pocket. I can get out and make something happen with my feet. We work the option, so I am used to being on the run."

"I am hearing from a lot of the Big East schools. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are the main ones right now. I would say that Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Michigan, Ohio State and North Carolina are my top schools right now.

"I do not yet have an official offer, but there does seem to be some schools that are close. I am real optimistic that Syracuse will be offering soon."

Benz will be attending a camp session at Ohio State on June 23rd, and he is ready to showcase his talents on a bigger stage.

"Ohio State has shown me some interest by sending me some letters and information," Benz began. "I have heard hat they run an excellent camp, and there will be plenty of people watching you at a camp like that."

As a junior, Benz passed for over 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for more than 500 yards and six scores. His efforts on the field earned him All-League and second team All-CNY honors. Greg Powers,

Syracuse on the Short List for Massachusetts' Defensive End

The state of Massachusetts does not produce a wealth of D-I talent year in and year out, but there is little doubt that the state can produce an occasional superstar. Last year Barry Gallup represented the state as an Army All-American selection. This year the states top player may be defensive lineman Corey Eason, and he has compiled an impressive early offer list.

Corey Eason, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end from Mansfield High in Mass. is one of the Northeast's most highly recruited prospects.

"Recruiting has been good," Eason began to explain about the process. "At times it can be rough, but you have to remember that not everyone is being recruited to play college football, or not everyone is able to get the same amount of exposure as me.

"I have offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Florida State, Rutgers and Connecticut. I think it is good that I am hearing from such a wide range of schools this early in the process. It is not even my senior year and I am being noticed like that, so I think it is pretty good.

"I would say that my main schools are Arizona State, Boston College, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Miami, Virginia and Florida State. I am trying to keep all of the schools on the same level."

Eason, who impressed everyone at the combine in Piscataway earlier this year, is a relentless pass rusher "My biggest strength is my ability to be quick off of the ball, and I have the moves to get past the offensive linemen and get to the quarterback," Eason explained.

The three-star prospect seems to be pretty open to most of the schools that are showing him an interest, and looks like he is prepared to take his time when selecting a school.

"I will probably decide closer to signing day," Eason said. "I think that I will probably take all five of my official visits."

Eason is being recruited from schools in three different time zones, and he contends that location will not be a determining factor.

"I feel the location does not matter," Eason simply stated. "I am just looking for the right fit for football and academics." Greg Powers,

Syracuse Offers Devon Ramsey

Lawrenceville, N.J., running back Devon Ramsay has pulled in two more offers to add to the Boston College offer that he holds already. "Purdue offered me two weeks ago and Syracuse offered me today," Ramsay said. "I don't really know much about Purdue, they just sprang the offer on me. Coach A (Coach Lou Anarumo) is recruiting me and I am definitely interested in what they have to say."

As for Syracuse, Ramsay also has a good rapport with the coaching staff. "I have a good relationship with Coach Cross from Syracuse," Ramsay said. "The Syracuse offer just came today. They are looking at me as an H-back." Corey James,

Derek Drummond Plans to Camp at Syracuse

Derek Drummond made the tough choice recently to finish his high school career outside of Pennsylvania and the former Penn Hills tight end now calls McDonough High in Pomfret, Md. home.

"Only a few schools know that I moved down here. Some schools came down because of A.J. Wallace and my coach told them I was down here," said the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder. "Syracuse knows I am down there, Maryland knows I am down here, Marshall, and Akron, and that's it."

Thought just a few schools know about him, Drummond believes they are all poised to offer.

"I am going to camp at Syracuse, Maryland, and I am going to Marshall this (June 10th) weekend."

Drummond said he believes all three will extend a scholarship after each camp. Miller Safrit,

Bobo Expects to Camp at Syracuse

Duquesne (Pa.) wide receiver Fitzgerald Bobo, 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, has picked up a pair of offers recently.

"I have offers from Temple and Delaware, West virginia said they have one waiting for me," Bobo said. "I am going to go to camps at UConn Syracuse and Pittsburgh in July."

Bobo is also receiving interest from Iowa, Akron, Ohio State and Maryland. Bob Lichtenfels,

Brandon Clear Transfers; Has Syracuse Offer

After making a name for himself throughout the Virginia Prep Scene, Brandon Clear is taking his show on the road for his high school swan song. The 6-foot-4, 210 pound receiver is transferring to Hoover High School in Alabama for his final campaign. In the mean time he's been working to make himself even more attractive to potential suitors.

"Right now I have three offers," says Brandon Clear. "Duke, Syracuse, and Stanford have all sent written ones, and I expect to get a few more next week from NC State and Illinois. If I had to give you a list of top schools, they'd be Ohio State, Stanford, Syracuse, Florida, Michigan State, Iowa State, and Alabama."

Due to the move, Clear hasn't been able to make the usual rounds of summer camps that often results in several schools offering scholarships. However, the lack of exposure will likely be remedied by his senior season at Hoover.

"My name is already getting out there, and a strong senior season will certainly get me where I need to be. Hoover already has 10 Division I recruits before I even get there. I think that kind of talent level will really help me improve both on the practice field and on Friday nights."

The pace of the competition won't be the only obstacle Clear and his twin brother Byron (6'5, 210, DE) will have to overcome with the move.

"I was born in Louisiana, but moved up here. I've had to really work out on the track to get in shape so I can perform when we get into that kind of heat and humidity."

Clear says he plans on taking all five official visits before making a decision near the end of his senior season. John Watson, TDD Staff

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